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Lost cat.. looking for support

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
Have tried to write this so many times but get so upset I have left it.

I think i have to face facts that my cat, who some of you will know i have, Theo, has gone missing and may not return. I have done everything.. walked the neighbourhood calling him, phoned the vets everyday, phoned local rescue centres, I'm now just about beside myself. I have a sick horrible feeling in my stomach. He is my baby, my little world. I would do anything to wake up in the morning and feel him at the end of the bed or on my feet. I'd do anything for him full stop. I'm crying again now.. sorry.. I feel so helpless and feel as though part of me is missing. I can't stand the fact that something may have happened to him, that he is in danger somewhere or that he is in pain. I love him so much you have no idea... I just don;t know what to do or where to turn. I needed to speak to people who understand and i know you folks will.
post #2 of 28
Awwww i really hope he comes back, but don't give up though!.

I'll move this to SOS for you
post #3 of 28
post #4 of 28
There is an *extremely* good chance that Theo is alive and very close to home. However, wherever he is, he is terrified and hiding. He is too scared to come out when he hears you and none of the neighbors have seen him because he's hiding from them too.

First thing to do is put food by the door. Then crawl around your house and your neighbors' houses. Look under bushes, under porches, in crawl spaces, anywhere that a cat could possibly fit. Cats don't run away, they hide. The rule of thumb is to look in every nook and cranny within a three house radius. You are very, very likely to find him alive and pretty much fine.
post #5 of 28
Also, place a pile of your dirty clothes outside too - so he can find your scent. That may give him just a bit more courage to come out from where he is hiding.

If in truth he is gone, it is not your fault. These things happen, and it may be our purpose to feel that pain - most of us do at least once. Great love involves great risk - I am so glad that you love him so much. But do not give up yet. We will be here whatever happens, no matter what.
Beth
post #6 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much for your lovely words and your good advice. I will definately try all of those things. Great love does involve great risk. Thank you all again xx
post #7 of 28
How long has your cat been missing? I once had a cat to get outside. He was gone two days and three nights. I lived on a major highway at the time. I did not have much hope of ever getting my cat back alive. I walked the neighborhood and drove around all day. I put up lost cat signs in the local fast food store. On the after the third night of being gone, I heard slamming noise at the front door. There he was putting his paw under the storm door and shaking it very hard. He looked at me as if to say, what took you so long. He was very flea bitten, but he was fine.
Don't give up hope unless you find him dead. Cats can stay gone a long time and then turn up okay.
post #8 of 28
I agree with semiferal and bugaboo. Also, please don't take this wrong, but when Theo returns, please, please, PLEASE keep him indoors from now on. Whatever enjoyment he gets from going out isn't worth what you're going through now. I will pray for both of you and hope that he will come home soon.
post #9 of 28
www.catsinthebag.org
is a wonderful resource for finding lost cats - it has everything from pages about finding a lost cat based on its personality, to inspiring stories about lost cats being found (one was after 123 days).

I hope your Theo returns home safely very soon!
post #10 of 28
Thread Starter 
He's been missing since Thursday afternoon. He often goes away for 24 hours/ 48 at a time so at first I just thought that he was off on a wander again. He went missing about 9 months ago for 4 days but then swanned back in as if nothing has happened. I just have a really horrible feeling this time that i've never had before. Please keep him in your prayers and i desperately hope that he'll be home soon xx
post #11 of 28
Theo is in my prayers. Is he neutered? If he's not he's a lot more likely to wander.
post #12 of 28
I hope your baby is OK.

My childhood cat went missing for an entire week...we grieved so...but then he returned! Seems he got caught in my neighbors garage when they closed the garage door on their way to a one week vaca! He was a strong tomcat and survived that week.

Dont lose hope. So sorry your baby is missing.
post #13 of 28
My Festus' momma was a found cat. She had two collars on. I advertised in the newspaper, and called the shelters to see if anyone was searching for her. No one ever claimed her, but she was such a lovely nice cat, someone cared for her once.

For those who never find their pets, it is not always something bad that happens. Sometimes they go on, like Miss Kitty, to have full vet care. She was adopted by a 70 y/o woman, and was her first pet ever.

I do hope you find your boy. Do not give up!
post #14 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thank you... we went out last night and searched for him and will do the same tonight. This is now officially the longest time he has ever been away from me and i hate it. I won't give up yet.. i just hope that whereever he is he isn't hurt or distressed.I can't bear that thought. He is neutered, but has always had the wanderlust i guess. I hope he's just having a little adventure and thats it... I keep worrying that he's starving though... please keep praying for him and I will too.. thank you again for your lovely words xx
post #15 of 28
Thread Starter 
WOOOOHOOOOO!! Good news!!.. Theo returned home last night at 2.55am.. thin and with a broken leg unfortunately.. he's been to the vets this morning and they are going to operate but he should be competley okay now. I can't tell you how relieved i was when i heard his little mew.. he ate 2 tins of cat food straight away!! Thank you for your prayers, i think that it was due to so many praying for him that he returned to me. Thank you for all your support, you are all lovely people xxxx
post #16 of 28
Yaaaaaaay!!!!! Thats excellent news!!

I'm so relieved for you sweetie! Keep us updated though on his broken leg
post #17 of 28
I had tears in my eyes when I read the happy ending to this thread! I am thrilled to bits that your baby has come home alive and (relatively) sound.

When he gets his leg set, maybe you will want to consider having him micro chipped at the same time, so that if he ever finds himself in a shelter or the care of a vet, he can be returned to you that much sooner....but let's hope this never happens again!
post #18 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thank you!! Yeah i have got him microchipped, fortunately when i first had him the vet had a promo on it and it was done for 10 quid. Unfortunately, i guess you are reliant on someone taking them somewhere to be scanned. I've just spoken to the vet and he has broken his femur in 2 places poor thing, but they are going to put 2 pins in and he should be okay... he has to stay at the vets for a couple of days though which i'm a but sad about but at least he is safe!! I nearly fainted at the cost though (£300+) but he is so completely and utterly worth every penny! x
post #19 of 28
I'm so happy for you that you have found your cat! I'm sorry he has a broken leg
post #20 of 28
I am so glad for Theo and for you. Now, in addition to microchipping him ... please make him an all-indoor kitty. Surely you don't want to go through this again.
post #21 of 28
How did he make it home with a broken leg???? He must have really wanted to come home sooner but couldn't. Hope his leg heals well. Glad he is back!!
post #22 of 28
I'm so glad your cat came home safe. You might want to look into getting him insured (petplan is quite good here in the UK). I bought my kitten Dani ill from a breeder (although I did not realise that at the time) she was admitted to the vet two hours later and the bills came up to £750 in the end. I so wished I had insurance then maybe she could have been given tests to see what was wrong with her. Instead she died (eight days later) and we will probably never know why or if it was preventable.

Please consider it should the worst happen you won't "what if?" as much. I think I will always feel guilty
post #23 of 28
Glad to hear he is back!!! Please keep him indoors now!!!
post #24 of 28
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sims2fan
I'm so glad your cat came home safe. You might want to look into getting him insured (petplan is quite good here in the UK). I bought my kitten Dani ill from a breeder (although I did not realise that at the time) she was admitted to the vet two hours later and the bills came up to £750 in the end. I so wished I had insurance then maybe she could have been given tests to see what was wrong with her. Instead she died (eight days later) and we will probably never know why or if it was preventable.

Please consider it should the worst happen you won't "what if?" as much. I think I will always feel guilty
Please don't feel guilty. . the person who should feel that is the breeder for selling you a kitty that wasn't healthy. You did everything that you could at the time. I doubt that anyone could have expected you to do anything else. Maybe it was just her time.

I do have Petplan, the problem is that he hasn't had one of his jabs which I had meant to do but never got round to it. Anyway, i'll send the claim form in and see what they say, if its okay it would certainly alleviate some of the burden!!

Please don't feel guilty about your little kittyxx i think you were wonderful to do as much as you did
post #25 of 28
Thank you for being nice I'm glad you have him insured. Just try sending in the claim and see what they say.
post #26 of 28
Thread Starter 
Theo's had his op, looks like he has damaged the muscle in his leg as well but the Vet thinks that he has fixed him which is great news. Going to see him tonight! The only thing is that the vet wants me to put him in a cage but i don't have anything like that... do you think that he would be okay with me there all the time if i just confine him to one room? I think that way i would be able to control his movements?
post #27 of 28
I think you need to try to get a cage like the vet said. I am sure the dr. wants to limit him so he can't try to jump, etc. You can't watch a cat every minute. If nothing else get just a pet carrier from a local discount store. Or borrow one. Then you could just let him out for a while to have access to the litter box. You do need to control his movements. Pet stores sell wire cages and it would only take a small one for one cat. You certainly don't want him to injure the leg after the price and trouble you have paid to fix it.
post #28 of 28
Thread Starter 
I have got this pop up tent thing for him - its about 2 times his size, would this be okay?

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